Jewellery Design - Winner 2001
‘I make jewellery to explore the emotions of human interaction and the fantastic ability of language as the conjurer of mood and feeling and vice versa. My approach is very personal. Often a piece is made exclusively relating to a particular thought, feeling or observation in first person such as the’ memoria’ series which is in memory of my mother. Whilst sorting out her things, I came across several ‘butterfly’ scrolls that neither belonged to an earring nor had any meaning or use on their own. After putting her affairs in order I gave the lost scrolls a meaning. The original piece has since, obsessively, inspired many others’. Other times empathy takes over and I merely contribute to someone else’s dialogue, real or imagined such as seen in ‘A fine line’ – a silver choker. In Lin’s words ‘I imagine the phrase ‘a fine line between love and hate’ to take the form of a delicate but non-the-less uncomfortable choker’.
Lin Cheung, began her work at Brighton University working in Wood, Plastics, Metal and Ceramics. Such a degree opened up a whole world of materials and their possibilities to Lin and her ensuing time spent at the RCA enforced this awareness and developed her confidence for concepts and intuition for materials.
A meeting with the Dutch jewellery artists Jacomyn van der Donk and Onno Boekhoudt at the Royal College was a real turning point for Lin and became to be a complete inspiration and a key factor for the pursuit of truth and honesty in her work.
Previous exhibitions include Bishopsland Retrospective in Reading, Talente 2000 at the Internationale Handwerksmesse Munchen, Antwerp, Sweden, Gent and The Netherlands.